The local fans were hoping to see their team win the first TI in Shanghai, but Vici Gaming lost to Team Secret in Lower Bracket Round 4. They were stomped by their European opponents with 2-0.
Fade will resign from Dota
The pressure and the disappointment made Pan 'Fade' Yi retire from professional Dota 2.
To many fans, this announcement comes as a surprise. The Chinese youngster is just 23 years old and was one of the biggest hopes of the Chinese region for the upcoming years. Fade joined the organisation in May 2016. First he played for their acedemy squad Vici Gaming Potential and later for VGJ.Thunder. In September 2018 he siwtched to the first roster of VG and had some huge success with the team.
The Chinese squad won two Major tournaments (DreamLeague Season 11 and EPICENTER Major) and experts thought VG could even win TI9.
Newbee's TI9 roster Manager and Chinese Dota 2 scene expert Jack 'KBBQ' Chen comments Fade's retirement:
before leaving the hotel, fade’s spirits were obviously really low. He kept talking about how hard it was to keep do this, how that joy and hope he started with as a player seemed so distant, asked if it’s like this for foreign players too, why everything seems so complicated— Jack Chen (@KBBQDotA) August 27, 2019
People often set a really high bar for these young players. Every time someone loses there’s gotta be a lightning rod, someone must be shit, must not be trying, must be tilted, must be washed up, must be kicked and replaced, must not be good enough— Jack Chen (@KBBQDotA) August 27, 2019
Guess what, it’s a hard fucking game and a hard path to dedicate oneself to. Please show some support— Jack Chen (@KBBQDotA) August 27, 2019
It's tough to see such a young talented player retire from Dota 2 because of external and internal pressure. Fade was one of the best captains of China's new generation. The community can just hope that, at some point, Fade finds his way back to the professional scene.
What do you think about Fade's retirement?
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